Learn about marine safety from Smith Point lifeguards.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, in partnership with the Parks Department, announced today that the Junior Lifeguard Program will return this summer. This free program offers children ages 5 to 14 the opportunity to learn from professional lifeguards on two of our county’s beaches, Meschutt and Smith Point.

“Our Junior Lifeguard Program plays an invaluable role in educating young people,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellon. “This program does more than teach lifesaving skills; it instills a deep sense of responsibility, teamwork and community involvement.”

“What better way to learn about marine safety than from a nine-time national champion county lifeguard?” said Suffolk County Parks Commissioner Jason Smagin. All age groups are important and this is a great opportunity for the boys and future defenders to learn and expand their capabilities.”

Held every Saturday throughout July, this skills-based program will help introduce and expand knowledge of the ocean and coastline to our young swimmers. In partnership with our county lifeguards, students will have the opportunity to participate in training drills while interacting with each other. Through this unique program, Suffolk County junior lifeguards will develop confidence in the ocean, enhance physical fitness, and develop respect for each other and the coastal environment.

Classes will be held on July 8th and July 15th at Stillwater Beach in Mestrote County Park and July 22nd and July 29th at Smith Point County Park.

No prior registration is required, and attendees are expected to meet at the lifeguard station at 8:45 am.

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